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We Built the Dataset and Map, Now You Can Design a Farmers Market App!

In 2010, the USDA National Farmers Market Directory counted over 6,200 operational farmers markets in the country.  That’s more than a 16 percent growth in farmers markets from 2009. In every state and season, shoppers flock to nearby farmers markets in search of healthy, fresh foods.  Farmers markets can offer it all: from seasonal, fresh produce to local meats, dairy products to locally baked bread and fragrant cut flowers.

Do you know where your farmers market is?

Today we’re pleased to announce a new mapping feature on the USDA National Farmers Market Directory.  This feature allows you to pull up state-by-state maps of farmers markets listed in the USDA National Farmers Market Directory and zoom in to see detailed location. Information about farmers markets is easily accessed via convenient hotlinks right from the map. The Directory is also searchable by state, county, zip code and participation in federal nutrition assistance programs, such as the Women, Infants and Children program or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Results from the USDA National Farmers Market Directory are based on voluntary reporting from farmers market managers.

But wait, that’s not all!

As part of the our dedication to open government, transparency and providing high-value data to citizens, we are proud to offer a raw data set from the USDA National Farmers Market Directory on Data.gov.  This data set is perfect for app designers and researchers to develop even more sophisticated or fine-tuned uses of the USDA Farmers Market Directory. The data set, which includes farmers market names and physical street locations, is available as a downloadable Excel file.

CNN has already put this data to good use as part of a series called Eatocracy: Mind, Body and Wallet, which included a partnership with the social networking site Foursquare to create a healthy eating badge for frequent farmers market shoppers. What will you build?

Find more information on the USDA National Farmers Market Directory here.

The USDA National Farmers Market Directory in map mode. This screen shot shows 126 farmers markets in North Carolina

The USDA National Farmers Market Directory in map mode. This screen shot shows 126 farmers markets in North Carolina

6 Responses to “We Built the Dataset and Map, Now You Can Design a Farmers Market App!”

  1. Nebraska_Foodie says:

    How cool is this!

  2. Jeremy Dunck says:

    Where, exactly, can I download this dataset? I looked on the page linked as “Excel file”, but I can’t find the file on that page. Is it not actually posted yet?

  3. Doug Holy says:

    Congratulations and thank you for making this dataset available! I am sure that, as more individuals become aware of its existence and potential applications, it will become a very useful resource. Thanks again.

  4. Dan says:

    This is a great resource, and will be immensely useful to localities and food resource organizations (city harvest, food banks, etc). Downloaded the dataset, and in my area (Brooklyn, NY) noticed that some locations were not geocoded, or were missing the city, or were not standardized (for example, some farmers markets in manhattan are coded as “manhattan” for city, and others are coded as “new york,” making searches difficult and inefficient. would it be possible to open this up to the public or local food organizations/governments to fill in the blanks?

  5. Rebecca [USDA Moderator] says:

    We are so thrilled as to the overwhelming positive response to the posting of the USDA National Farmers Market Directory dataset and so glad to know people are as excited about it as we are. If you are looking for a quick way to get to the spreadsheet, try this page. There is a link in the first paragraph straight to the excel file.

    If you find a farmers market listing that needs to be updated, corrected or otherwise adjusted, please contact velma.lakins@ams.usda.gov.

    All year, we continue to collect data for the USDA National Farmers Market Directory. We usually release annual numbers just in time for National Farmers Market Week which is the first week of August. In the meantime, you can always use the search function in the Directory to find a farmers market near you. And if you get a chance, let us know how the data is working for you and what you are creating with it. We would love to know!

    — The USDA Farmers Market Research Team

  6. Sarah says:

    This is great however it is missing some vital contact information from the dataset. Does any know how to get this or where it can be found?

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